Philip Kosnett began his assignment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey in July 2016. He assumed the duties of Chargé d’Affaires in October 2017 upon the conclusion of Ambassador John Bass’ assignment in Turkey. Kosnett came to Ankara after serving as Director of the State Department’s Office of Southern European Affairs, responsible for U.S. relations with Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus.
Much of Kosnett’s career has been focused on international security cooperation and political reconciliation. He has served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Uzbekistan and in Iceland; and in political, political-military, and economic-commercial positions in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo, The Netherlands, and Japan. He previously served in Ankara at the start of his diplomatic career, as a political and consular officer. Washington assignments include tours in the State Department’s European, Counterterrorism, Political-Military, and Intelligence & Research bureaus and the 24-hour Operations Center.
Kosnett is a multiple recipient of the State Department Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards, and a recipient of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service and the Department of the Army Medal for Outstanding Civilian Service. He has studied Turkish, Japanese, Dutch, and Russian. A 1982 graduate of Harvard, Kosnett worked as a game designer in New York and as a teacher in Japan prior to entering the Foreign Service. His wife Alison Kosnett is an international business and development consultant; son Alex an environmental planner; daughter Nicole a social media producer.